Planning Doctoral Studies Planning Doctoral Studies

These instructions are for

- the Doctoral Programme In Energy Systems (all research fields) and for

- the Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science (research fields of Computational Science, Green Chemical Technology and Technical Physics).

General information on studies

  • Research field studies, minimum 20 ECTS cr: postgraduate-level studies, e.g. doctoral courses offered by doctoral programmes or doctoral training networks.  
  • Studies supporting the research field, 0-20 ECTS cr (so that min. total 40 ECTS cr is achieved): including at least one course on scientific writing and publishing is recommended (e.g. KIEN0020 English Clinic for Researchers and Doctoral Students).

When planning your studies in Sisu please take into account that the studies to be included in the doctoral degree must be completed before the permission to print is granted by the Academic Council. LUT Doctoral School recommends that the studies should be completed during the first two years of studying

Course descriptions (2019-2020) are available in the WebOodi study guide, please see instructions here.

Courses for the academic year 2020-2021 will be available in Sisu. See further information about Sisu on the Uni-page Studies and enrolment for the academic year.

Check also futher information on training and info sessions organised by the LUT University.

If the number of credits has not been defined, the scope will be measured on the basis of the amount of work by the student (26 h = 1 ECTS credit, in whole numbers only).

Please note! Doctoral students have to enrol for the academic year (attending/non-attending) every year. Enrolment is obligatory even if the student does not take any courses during the academic year. Please see further information.


One type of study attainment is to take examinations on scientific literature on the research area. When delivering the preliminary study plan as an attachment to the application, it is enough to give the general subject field of the literature in addition to the ECTS credits and how the content will be examined. 40-70 pages usually corresponds to 1 ECTS credit but also the difficulty level of the content affects the number of credits given.

Other scientific study attainments

Other scientific study attainments can include e.g. conferences or seminars.


Conferences from the student's own discipline can be used as a study attainment  at the discretion of the supervisor. A maximum of 4 ECTS credits (2 ECTS cr/conference) may be included in the doctoral degree, provided that the conference had a review board and the student gave a presentation. The study attainment may not be included in an article-based dissertation.


Seminars that the organiser (university, doctoral programme) offers to its doctoral students are commonly accepted in the ECTS credit extent defined by the organiser.

Master-level studies

Master-level studies, especially if the suitability of the course for postgraduate studies is mentioned in the course description, may be included at the discretion of the supervisor.

University pedagogy training

University pedagogy studies offered by LUT University (only in Finnish, 25 ECTS credits) may be included in supporting studies as a module of 4 ECTS credits. However, the final decision on the suitability of such studies for doctoral studies is made by the supervisor and the head of the doctoral programme.